I'm going to aim for posting once a week for as long as that lasts.
Only one story did it for me this week, and I can definitely say that I'm finding it harder than usual to stick to things that I might once have persevered through, and one of those things is definitely fic about teenagers. I think I've burnt out on all the high school and college and pre series stories in these fandoms. Like Luggage of Some Departed Traveller
Dean/Sam/Jess and all pairings included in that - NC-17 - 54,000 words
In multiple parts at LJ, in site scheme with inexplicable use of blockquote tag
, no other reading options available. Scene breaks are done with extra blank lines which disappear when Readability is used. It made reading an interesting and disjointed experience. I had to work at it to get this in readable form, and only the pairing made me persevere. The most unintentionally inaccessible fic so far, but if you're good with site scheme, you likely won't notice.
AU from Season One.
Rogue wildlife attacks? Check. Virulent, incurable pandemic? Double check. Relentless string of natural disasters? Check, check, check. Dean's got it hard enough dealing with the collapse of modern society, so imagine his dismay when he goes to Stanford Law to fetch the brother he's been painfully in love with for most of his life and finds that brother happily married. When Sam, Dean, and Jess set off across the country to find their dad, it's all they can do just to stay alive, much less stay true to each other.
I enjoyed this story a great deal. It was interesting as an AU, had an enjoyable Jess character and played out the long time frame of about 8 months in a way that didn't feel incomplete. I liked the Dean and Jess POV sections the best, but the Sam one was good too. He was just hard to relate to since by the time we're in his head, he's busy living in denial and lying and coming to terms with Dean and Jess in a new way and only slowly grasping that he doesn't really have grounds to be jealous.
I liked the way the relationships evolve as well with realistic time scales. I've read a couple of fics with this threesome before, but I found this one to be the most compelling.
The plot has some holes, but the plot is just the backdrop to these three figuring out where they're at.
The het sex is seriously scorching hot. The Dean/Jess scenes were my favourites, and big kudos to the author for writing such good stuff. The threesome scenes, not so much. They read like an author struggling to account for all the limbs--which is something everyone seems to have an issue with. Why is it that there is the expectation that adding a body means the sex scene has to be described like a game of twister? It makes the POV character seem very detached from what they would be paying attention to and allows them to know where everyone's hands are, when they likely really wouldn't.
Small caveats aside, it was a very enjoyable read with some really moving scenes--the Ikea one made me tear up--genuine horror, but not too much gore and some very interesting characterizations.